Today we’re doing an overview of the Special Pleading Fallacy. In a nutshell, it is the exemption of a person or premise from a generally accepted rule, without justification for the exemption. Or, in other words: an exception to the rule…because reasons. (Anyone? Anyone?…well, I thought it was kind of funny.)
We’re going over a more in-depth definition of this fallacy, several very relevant examples of it in the real world, and lastly, some good questions to ask in response to a Special Pleading fallacy. It’s a nice way to kick off Thanksgiving week, if I do say so myself. 🙂
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Some highlights from today’s episode on the Special Pleading:
- A completely shameless plug to get you to sign up for my awesome monthly fallacy wallpaper! Every month I send out a new wallpaper with a short lesson as a preview for the fallacies coming up on the podcast. You can sign up using the handy form on the right!
- A quick definition of the special pleading and why more relativistic people are particularly prone to this one
- Why this college in Massachusetts thinks it’s okay to re-institute segregated dorms for its students…because reasons!
- Four simple questions to ask someone who is committing a Special Pleading, and why you should also use them on yourself
- Why role-reversal is key to spotting this fallacy
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